A former Philadelphia cop pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges on Thursday morning in connection with an investigation last November after his emaciated dog had been stuffed into a trash bag and abandoned at a local park. According to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Michael Long was arrested a year ago on March 23, 2017 and charged with two misdemeanors; animal cruelty and another for the possession of an instrument of a crime.
Long was suspended from his job with intent to dismiss. Long had been with the police force in the 18th District for 11 years when his dog, Cranberry, was found on November 23, by a woman walking her own dog. The Good Samaritan spotted the emaciated dog wrapped in a sheet and in a garbage bag with her head sticking out. She immediately contacted the SPCA. The dog dubbed Cranberry, (because she was found near Thanksgiving) was brought to the shelter to receive life-saving veterinarian care.
“The dog had been micro-chipped, which led us to Mr. Long,” stated Pennsylvania SPCA Director of Humane Law Enforcement Nicole Wilson. “We found what we believe is the matching sheet in Mr. Long’s possession.”
When rescued, Cranberry was nothing but skin and bones and barely alive. She was administered life saving intravenous fluids and nutrients to save her life. Cranberry has since made a full recovery and has been adopted; she is living a great new life.
In pleading guilty, the PSPCA reports Long will serve one year of probation and will never be allowed to own a dog again. It is not known why Long abandoned Cranberry, but fortunately Cranberry is living a wonderful life.
The PSPCA has set up a donation page to help dogs like Cranberry, and Woobie, a young pitbull who was recently found stabbed and left to die at a Philadelphia area train station: https://www.pspca.org/woobie
(Photos of Philly cop and dog via PSPCA)
Read the former coverage of this incident here.
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